If it's about the Cowboy's and is published in a public forum, chances are, my eyes don't miss it. Regardless of my opinion of the writer, which varies from one media outlet to the next, I give each article a fair shake, not so much as a result of them being deserving, but by virtue of my ardent insatiable Cowboy information addiction. In my daily dose, I must weather quite a bit of negative speculation; which I'm okay with for the most part, considering that in many cases in the past it has been deserved. But sometimes the media's opinion will take a quote and completely twist it around to make the news more interesting and more marketable. I further believe they do this because it creates an opening for them to write more articles on the same subject either posting a retraction or to further prove their assertion, with, in the end, helps them meet whatever quota their bosses demand of them.
Last year, this issue, in my mind, was an epidemic, which led to Jerry Jones finally imposing a mandate that gagged the whole of the organization from speaking to the media during the early part of the off-season; Jerry being the only exception to the rule. I, personally, applauded this move. The media, obviously, was pretty upset about it. But when you take words out of the owner's mouth such as, "I was told he was healthy enough to play" said in regards to Marion Barber, and turn it into "Jerry Jones calls Marion Barber a wuss," you have to know there will be consequences.
Nevertheless, it's a new year, and the mediots are at it again. With it sprung in my head an idea: There should be some forum that makes an effort at keeping these particular media members honest. Just as they notoriously paraphrase the various gum-bumping of members of the Cowboys organization, so shall I do what I can to paint the picture that was originally intended by the benefactor of said quote.
The latest quote receiving negative attention is Jerry Jones assertion that he believes the Cowboy's team will play to the level of the new stadium; that these player's will feel a slight push towards winning surrounded by a structure that could only be described as elite compared to it's peers Texas Stadium and the Cotton Bowl, as well any other stadium ever built in the world. While the following doesn't exactly twist Jerry's word's, it is worthy of correction.
In Jean-Jacques Taylor blog entry "Jerry Jones has lost his mind," he contends that the stadium will have absolutely no effect on the players or the outcome in the game.
Jerry Jones is a marketing genius, but he has lost his mind if he thinks Cowboys Stadium will make a single bit of difference in the team's performance this year.
Just like the emotion of the final game at Texas Stadium didn't help the Cowboys beat Baltimore last December. And just like the raucous crowd the night "The Triplets" were inducted into the Ring of Honor didn't help the Cowboys beat the hated Redskins.
I suppose it's fairly easy to take this out of context; not much reaching is necessary to do so. And, granted, the last thing I want anybody within the organization vocalizing is lofty expectations, such as the Cowboy's being Super Bowl bound in 2009. But I think what Jerry was trying to relate to the media is that this team is going to fight to make us forget 44 to 6, 9 and 7, and 12 years without a play off win. And this stadium, built with the teams storied history and prior dynasties in mind, is going to motivate them all the more to ensure their play reflects the excellence that their predecessor's demanded of themselves.
Furthermore, the interior of Cowboy's stadium creates an atmosphere ripe for a fanatic frenzy. As you walk from your car to your seat, having been inundated with Cowboy's lore and past glory, I would imagine you won't be able to resist screaming at the top of your lungs as the Cowboy's take the field, move the ball, and destroy the opposing team's various ball carriers and signal callers. JJT seems to believe that the price of the ticket will ultimately create a golf crowd, highlighted by the occasional clinking of glasses, as the fans toast various well-performed plays, considering his quote:
Actually, Jerry should be concerned that there will be so many corporate butts in the stands that it'll be a quieter venue Texas Stadium, known for being a wine-and-cheese crowd.
Yeah, okay. If you say so, Jean.
Those "corporate butts" at the end of the day are still human, and chances are they are still fans, and therefore are not immune to getting drawn into the hype that just sitting in that stadium must create. Also, I would further predict that the ability to see every detail of the game in high definition via that 60 yard long big screen will help fuel the excitement. Make no mistake, the media may need to yell their questions at the top of their lungs in the wake of a football game, as they question the ringing ears of players from both sides of the field.
But, hey, that's just me speculating from a positive angle. As the season progresses, I'm sure the media will afford me plenty of opportunities to offer up a corrected translation of what was actually said vs. their misguided misinformation.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line
There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.
Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.
Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.
Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.
Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.
One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.
And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.
No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?
The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.
Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.
No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.
Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.
There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.
The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.
If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.
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